20 Mom Hacks That Are Pure Genius

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20 Mom Hacks That Are Pure Genius

Being a mom is challenging, so as a survival instinct we find the easiest, most efficient way of doing things.  I want to save you the trouble of trial and error, so I’m going to share with you all the worthwhile hacks I’ve learned since becoming a mom.  Read on to learn how to hack mom life.

The Top 20 Hacks

1. Laundry Basket in the Tub

Get a normal, rectangular laundry basket and drill about six small holes in the corners.  Place this laundry basket in your bathtub.  When you bathe your older baby/toddler, the laundry basket gives them support with slates they can grip.  It also keeps the toys contained so that they don’t keep floating out of reach.

The holes drilled in the bottom helps facilitate the water draining out once the bath is over.


2. Bib Storage

Put a large command hook on the back of the high chair.  Use this hook to store bibs.  This frees up drawer storage space and makes sure that you always have a bib handy at meal time.

Bibs attached to the back of a high chair with a command hook.

3. Activity Board

Babies love to play with household items that you may not like them playing with.  Examples include phones, doorstops, lights, and buttons.  One way to satisfy your baby’s curiosity in a parent-approved way is to create a board that incorporates these ‘forbidden’ items.  We created one with doorstops (that don’t have caps that come off), push lights, a big metal hook, a tape measure, and a door lock.  Other things we may add in the future include an old telephone or remote, a magnetic section with large magnets and a curved pipe that a ball can roll through. 


4. The Perfect Storage Containers

Those drink mix packets that you can get at any store, come in plastic containers that are perfect for storage.  These containers fit inside the bottle pockets in diaper bags and are the exact size to fit graham crackers.  You can also store other snacks in them.

Graham crackers spilling out of a drink mix container.

5. Size Up on Diapers at Night

If your baby starts flooding diapers overnight, go up a size or two.  You can do this with normal diapers or use overnight diapers that are a size or two larger for extra leak protection for good sleepers.

Size 5 daytime and size 6 nighttime Huggies diapers.

6. Make Diaper Bag Stroller Straps that Actually Work

Sometimes diaper bags will come with stroller straps, but these seem to always be too short. I bought a hook to hang my bag on but it kept swinging all over the place. The solution that finally worked was to use a thin chain and clip to make hooks for the diaper bag.  These work so much better than the ones that came with my diaper bag.

Stroller handle with chain and clip attached.

7. Use Gallon Ziploc Bags for Everything

Gallon bags are amazing.  They are great to keep in your diaper bag for storing dirty diapers or dirty clothes.  You can also use them when packing.  We use gallon bags for each outfit complete with all accessories.


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8. Clip a Toy to Your Diaper Bag

Diaper bag space is at a premium, but it’s a good idea to always have a toy handy.  Get a toy with a clip or ring and hang it from the outside of your diaper bag. I like this one and this one. This way you always have one, but it doesn’t use up any precious space.


9. Add a Clip to Your Diaper Bag

As a mom you will learn to juggle a million things and keeping track of keys can be hard.  Put a carabinier clip on the outside of your diaper bag.  Then when you get out of the car, hook your key ring onto the clip.  That way your keys are readily accessible but secure. I use a clip with a locking mechanism so that my keys don’t accidentally fall off.


10. Warm Bottles in a Coffee Mug

When you are getting up in the middle of the night to feed the baby and need to warm up a bottle, you want it fast.  Keep a large coffee mug handy for this.  To warm a bottle just fill the mug 1/3 full of water, microwave for 30 seconds, and then place the bottle in the mug for a couple of minutes while you do a diaper change.  This will warm the milk without causing hot spots.


20 Mom Hacks That Are Pure Genius

11. Store Diaper Change Items in a Top Drawer

Instead of taking up space with a diaper change caddy, use the top dresser drawer to store all the items you need for a diaper change.  Plastic storage baskets are perfect for keeping this drawer organized. This is also helpful when your baby gets a little older and wants to get into everything that is accessible. If the diaper change things are stored inside a closed drawer, the temptation to get into them is removed.

Diaper changing items in baskets inside a drawer.

12. Roll Baby Clothes

Baby clothes are small, so you can fit a lot into a drawer.  However, when you start stacking them the ones on the top get worn and the bottom ones get outgrown without ever being worn.  By rolling clothes to store them, you can fill the drawer and still see everything that’s in there for ready access. Join my organization challenge where I explain exactly how I roll baby clothes to make sure I can see what’s on them.

Rolled baby clothes in a drawer.

13. Create a Dump Bucket

Babies that are just learning to sit-up don’t need fancy toys.  They can be easily entertained with some spoons or fun fabric.  Get a dollar store plastic container and fill it with dollar store kitchen items and other household items that are baby safe.  Babies love to dump the items out and play with them.  Get all the details on how I made one here.

Baby chewing on a plastic spoon surrounded by household items.

14. Use an Ottoman for Toy Storage

Ottomans are perfect for storing toys because they can also double as seating in your living room, look nice and still allow easy toy access.


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15. Roll a Spare Outfit for Your Diaper Bag

Use the rolling technique below to put together an entire spare outfit that only takes up a little space in the diaper bag. By rolling the entire outfit together, you have quick access to a full change of clothes in case of an accident while you are out.

Step by step visual on how to roll a diaper bag outfit.

16. Super Glue Bath Toys Before Use

Those bath toys that have holes to squirt water may be fun, but the inside gets moldy after only a few uses.  To prevent this, put super glue over the hole prior to the first use.  Your baby can still have fun playing with them, and you don’t have to worry about the inside filling with mold.


17. Remove a Couch Cushion to Help Baby Stand and Climb

When babies are learning to pull up to stand, they need something low but sturdy.  The couch with cushions is usually too high, but if you remove a cushion, it’s much lower.  You can then put a favorite toy or snack on the couch and encourage baby to pull up and get it. This also works to teach baby to climb onto things.


18. Decorate the Nursery with Stock Photos

You want to put together a cute nursery for your baby, but after a couple of years they will want a new theme, and this cycle will continue.  Instead of spending a lot of money on prints or painting or using decals on the walls, purchase some simple frames and get prints of stock photos.  These photos tie together a nice nursery theme but are inexpensive.  When it’s time for a new theme, just replace the photos. You can grab great stock photos at Pixabay.

Nursery with animal pictures in frames.

19. Use Expandable Legal Folders to Store Puzzles

Chunky board puzzles are great for babies and toddlers.  However, storing them can be hard.  They don’t have nice boxes like more advanced puzzles and the racks designed for storage take up prime floor space.  Instead of this, use expandable legal folders to store the puzzles.  They can then be placed upright in a decorative box.


20. Use the Baby Story App for Milestones Instead of Stickers

Everyone wants cute monthly pictures, but the stickers don’t stick well and after a couple of months, babies start pulling them off.  Instead of spending $12 on a pack of stickers, spend $6 to get full access to the Baby Story app.  You can use some of the features for free, but the full access gives you everything you could want.  This app provides a variety of monthly “sticker designs” as well as other fun designs and the ability to add text.  It’s really simple to use and lets you customize the color of everything.


There are the top 20 mom hacks that are worth your time.  Did I forget anything?  Let me know in the comments.

20 Mom Hacks That Are Pure Genius

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52 thoughts on “20 Mom Hacks That Are Pure Genius

  • February 15, 2019 at 11:36 am
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    Lauren – awesome tips! They’re all genius for the baby years, but I particularly love the stock photo decorating idea. Babies get super expensive, and while you want everything to look nice, sometimes fancy decorations just aren’t in the budget.

    Great ideas — pinning this for future reference!

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    • February 15, 2019 at 7:55 pm
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      The stock photos were my husband’s idea because we had a theme but couldn’t come up with easy decorations that weren’t going to cost a fortune. These were super cheap and easy but they still make the nursery look complete.

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  • February 15, 2019 at 7:52 pm
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    These are some great Mom Hacks. We must have been on the cutting edge 20 years ago when we were using a carabiner on our stroller. Who knew! Super glue on the bath toys in brilliant. We threw out so many moldy toys it was both gross and infuriating.

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    • February 15, 2019 at 7:54 pm
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      Thanks! I didn’t believe how moldy the bath toys would get until I picked up a toy and could see the mold through the toy plastic. That was when I went super glue crazy.

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  • February 15, 2019 at 9:57 pm
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    These are great ideas! Must bookmark this for when we have kids. I especially like the dollar store items and the laundry basket in the tub. These posts are gonna have me super prepared when we finally have our little one!

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    • February 25, 2019 at 7:55 pm
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      The dollar store items were really the only things my son played with from about 5-9 months old. Definitely a cheap way to provide entertainment.

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  • February 15, 2019 at 11:23 pm
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    Where the heck were you when my kids were babies!? I could and would have gleefully used all of these ideas!!

    We used this foam Bumboo chair for bathtime and they seemed to love it. That was, until a few months later we actually read the warning label on the chair and it was like DO NOT PLACE BUMBOO CHAIR ON BATHTUB OR ON COUNTER TOP SURFACES!

    I read this warning while feeding my kid in it as it was perched precariously on the kitchen countertop.

    So yeah, could have definitely used a few of your awesome tips and tricks when I was first starting out! Lol

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    • February 25, 2019 at 7:54 pm
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      We got a bumbo chair as something I thought we just had to have. Yeah… my cat spent more time sitting in it than my son did.

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  • February 15, 2019 at 11:46 pm
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    This is genius! I’m definitely trying the diaper trick. My son constantly has little accidents. Never thought about sizing up.

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    • February 25, 2019 at 7:54 pm
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      The next size up has just a little extra absorption that helps with small accidents. When my son starts leaking through diapers that when I know it’s time to size up.

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  • February 16, 2019 at 3:57 am
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    All of these are EXCELLENT recommendations. I especially love the size up on diapers and dump bucket ideas! I didn’t figure out I could just size up until my second baby.

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    • February 25, 2019 at 7:53 pm
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      I’m so glad I learned early on that the weights on diaper packaging are just guidelines and that sizing up is a wonderful thing!

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  • February 16, 2019 at 6:13 pm
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    These are some great tips for everyone (not just moms)! I swear by ziploc bags! They are a godsend! In my classroom, we utilize them for dirty clothes to sensory activities.

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    • February 25, 2019 at 7:52 pm
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      What did we ever do before Ziplock bags! They really are great for everything!

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  • February 16, 2019 at 10:54 pm
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    You have really brilliant ideas here! I can’t believe how much of those stuff are actually available already at home. We have the same couch by the way!

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    • February 25, 2019 at 7:51 pm
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      There are so many handy little things that can be repurpased to make mom life a little bit easier.

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  • February 16, 2019 at 11:37 pm
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    Great tips here. The rolling of the clothes is my best. it makes the drawer look so well organized.

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    • February 25, 2019 at 8:14 pm
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      I can’t believe it took me so long to start rolling clothes!

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  • February 17, 2019 at 12:12 am
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    What wonderful ideas! I’m beyond using them for myself, but I can pass these on to my younger friends. Love carabiners for everything. They make keys in your purse easier to access, too, for the mom carrying things in.

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    • February 25, 2019 at 8:15 pm
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      Having clips really does make it easier to find things when you have the bottomless mom bag!

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  • February 17, 2019 at 1:28 am
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    I love the clothes basket idea. It’s perfect for grandmas like me! I also really like the puzzle storage.

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    • February 25, 2019 at 8:16 pm
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      My MIL loves using the laundry basket concept when she gives Paxton a bath because that way she doesn’t have to chase the toys as much.

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  • February 17, 2019 at 3:16 am
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    I knew about the laundry basket trick. But the activity board and bib storage are just genius! I also love the super gluing the bottom of toys. Otherwise it’s either buying them over and over, or giving a child something moldy to play with. Great tips, as always, Lauren!

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    • February 25, 2019 at 8:17 pm
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      The activity board is a really fun activity and it does make the door stops throughout the house less appealing.

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  • February 17, 2019 at 4:29 am
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    I love the laundry basket trick! I wish I had known this way back when!!

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    • February 25, 2019 at 8:17 pm
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      It makes bath time a lot easier!

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  • February 17, 2019 at 7:23 am
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    These ides are so wonderful. Wish I read them few years back! nevertheless, I can always recommend some of these to a friend or a family member with small kids.

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    • February 25, 2019 at 8:21 pm
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      I’m sure any new mom would love a few ideas for making life just a little easier!

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  • February 17, 2019 at 10:41 am
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    I love these ideas! I have used the laundry basket in tub at my mom’s house and put together a dump bucket for my daughter. I did seasonal dump buckets which were fun…I referred to them as activity baskets. This post has me looking back now on the things I did with my daughter. At that time, I felt like I was “winging it” and now, am putting more thought into the things that I do/use with my baby boy. These are all great mom hacks! As a mom, we are always looking for ways to make things easier and save some money! Thanks for sharing your ideas.

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    • February 25, 2019 at 8:22 pm
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      Activity baskets is a much classier term LOL. I went with dump buckets because for the longest time every time I put Paxton on the floor with his bucket the first thing he would do was dump it all out.

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  • February 17, 2019 at 2:56 pm
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    Such wonderful ideas for all mothers & so well thought out. Awesome.

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    • February 25, 2019 at 8:20 pm
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      Thanks I’ve found that anything which makes mom life just a little easier is a win!

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  • February 17, 2019 at 5:38 pm
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    Laundry basket in the tub FTW. Also, a small plastic box always held them upright before they could sit up on their own. (IF you didn’t have the modern day marvel of a baby seat.)

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    • February 25, 2019 at 8:20 pm
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      The plastic box is a great idea! We got the baby seat and it was completely useless. My son hated it, so my cat sat in it more than he did.

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  • February 17, 2019 at 11:15 pm
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    Theses are amazing! Talk about genius solutions ..HOLY COW! I find myself wanting to use these for my adult needs with teens. Thanks for the inspiration.

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    • February 25, 2019 at 8:19 pm
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      Some of these like the storage containers work no matter what age the kids are!

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  • February 18, 2019 at 3:57 am
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    These tips are so good!! I learned so many in going to start using today!

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    • February 25, 2019 at 8:18 pm
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      I’m glad the tips were helpful!

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  • February 18, 2019 at 6:40 pm
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    Great list of ideas! I really like the laundry basket in the tub and the activity board.

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    • February 25, 2019 at 8:18 pm
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      The laundry basket makes bath time so much easier, and the activity board is great for making household items I don’t want him getting into less appealing.

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  • February 22, 2019 at 7:38 pm
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    These are awesome ideas! I had heard of some of them, but many were new to me! Perfect for the new and seasoned parent alike!

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    • February 25, 2019 at 7:33 pm
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      Thanks! It crazy the stuff we start to figure out after becoming moms.

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  • March 15, 2019 at 12:28 am
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    These are AWESOME hacks! Wish I had them when my kids were babies! There are a few I can pass along to my daughter, though! Wonderful job!

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  • March 15, 2019 at 1:21 am
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    Love the puzzle storage idea and dollar tree bin!!! Will be doing those this week! Excellent ideas here!

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    • March 22, 2019 at 5:29 pm
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      The puzzle storage was probably my favorite 🙂

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  • March 15, 2019 at 1:29 am
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    So many great ideas!! It almost makes me feel like I could survive having a third child!

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    • March 22, 2019 at 5:28 pm
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      Haha these must be pretty solid tips then 🙂

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  • March 15, 2019 at 1:43 am
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    So Many of these I used when my daughter was little, but so many I didnt’ realize I could use, so thank you for giving us this. I need alot of these in my life. So many.

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    • March 22, 2019 at 5:28 pm
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      Thanks! I’m glad you found the tips useful!

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  • March 15, 2019 at 4:02 pm
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    So relatable and realistic! Every new parent should read this! I also just threw out a ton of bath toys last night so I am excited try the super glue trick!

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    • March 22, 2019 at 5:25 pm
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      Yes! It feels so wasteful to throw out the toys frequently, but the thought of letting my son play with moldy toys is disgusting.

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